Good Morning America weather
anchor Sam Champion has credited CNN anchor Anderson Cooper for
making it easier for him to come out gay.
Cooper came out early last year after
ducking rumors for years.
Champion first discussed his sexual
orientation in announcing his engagement to his now husband,
photographer Rubem Robierb.
Appearing on cabler Current's Say
Anything, Champion told guest host Howard Bragman that Cooper's
coming out had made the decision to follow easier.
“Anytime anyone who is in the public
eye makes that step, it makes it easier,” Champion said. “It
makes it easier for them to say to their co-workers, it makes it
easier for them to say to their employers: This is my life. I'm
proud of who I am.”
“For Anderson to do it, for anyone to
do it, I think it's a great thing,” he added. (The video is
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